Wine; what is it?
Wine is a free implementation of the Windows API; that is to say, it allows you to use Linux or Mac OS X to run software designed for Microsoft Windows. It is developed by WineHQ. This is the engine behind PlayOnLinux/PlayOnMac.
Wine uses what is called a WINEPREFIX to encapsulate Windows applications. This prefix contains firstly the Wine configuration files and, on the other hand, a reproduction of the architecture of the 'Disk C' (the main disk under Windows). It is the latter that host Windows software being installed via Wine.
Under PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac
The trouble is that Wine can be difficult to use and all applications do not work properly with this or that version of Wine. To avoid this inconvenience, PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac will isolate the different version of Wine and allow to run Windows applications with Wine version most compatible. It additionally offers an uninstall simple as it just delete the folder WINEPREFIX to completely uninstall Windows software.